Six Tips for Safe Holiday Cooking

Each year more than 75 million people suffer from a food-borne illness. Here's how to ensure your holiday guests don't become one of them.

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Most of us spend weeks shopping for the perfect gifts for our family and friends. The same care should be extended to the food we put on the table, otherwise we could end up giving them something they never wanted - food poisoning. Of the 75 million people who are sickened by food each year, 5,000 die from it.

During the holidays, when we gather round the buffets and potlucks, where bacteria can have their own party, we can increase our chances of joining those statistics without even knowing it.

Follow these 6 simple rules to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Wash Your Hands
    You lower your risk of food poisoning by 50% when you wash your hands before, during, and after food prep. Need we say more?
  2. Watch Out For Raw Eggs
    From cookie dough to eggnog, raw eggs find their way into multiple holiday meals, and, with them, dangerous salmonella bacteria. Salmonella poisoning can hit you with nausea and vomiting in as little as 6 hours.

    To stay safe, use pasteurized eggs, such as Egg Beaters, make sure cookies and cakes are fully baked before eating, and don't lick the bowl! For eggnog, mix the eggs and sugar together and then blend them slowly into the milk, continuously stirring over heat to cook the eggs and emulsify the mixture.